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If you happened to travel through Madison, Wisconsin in 2009, you may have seen some odd things cropping up around town.  Things like: oil derricks and dancing bears suddenly appearing on the Lake Mendota ice; a wooden gypsy caravan towed by a tandem bicycle promising "Things You'd Like to See;" a bagpiper playing in the middle of John Nolen Drive UNDER the Monona Terrace; hundreds of surveyor's flags depicting assorted flowers all along State Street; photos of your friends and...
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, art, documentary, public art, Madison Arts Commission
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by Brian Standing
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Extra scenes from the Prolefeed Studios documentary "Blink! Again," including: A tribute to Madison graffiti artist "Solve," and; "The Witching Hour," terrifying performance artists take over the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, performance art, documentary, graffiti
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by Brian Standing
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What makes Jonathan Zarov run? And why is he running while talking on a cell phone? And who are all those strange people running with him? Like that guy in the purple suit on roller skates juggling yellow pins? And that woman with the hula hoop? And the guitarist and the French horn player, and... Good Lord! Is that man carrying a bass cello? And why are they running in and out of coffee shops? And why are they descending on that defenseless community radio station? What will happen when they...
Topics: WORT, Madison, Wisconsin, coffee, running
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by Brian Standing
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"Can I Get You Anything Else?" was Nicole Gruter's entry into the 2007 University of Wisconsin's First Year M.F.A. show. A woman tethered to a table cheerfully serves pies to puzzled art gallery patrons. Is there a deeper meaning here, or as Nicole, says is it just that, "some days it's really hard to serve pie."
Topics: Nicole Gruter, documentary, art, performance art, pie Madison, Wisconsin
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by Brian Standing
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Madison-based Klezmer mavens Yid Vicious spent a week taking their music to the city's streets, bike paths, and bus stops, to the surprise, delight, and sometimes bleary-eyed confusion of commuters.
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, Yid Vicious, klezmer, music, transportation
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by Brian Standing
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Every Saturday morning in the summer, residents of Madison, Wisconsin flock to Capitol Square to buy vegetables, fruits, eggs and meat trucked in by local farmers. A newcomer to the Dane County Farmer's Market may observe a peculiar custom: everyone walks around the square in the same, counter-clockwise, direction. The origins of this ritual have long ago been lost, and the natives now practice this behavior instinctively, without question. One day, a group of radicals rose up, and demanded,...
Topics: Madison, Wisconsin, farmer's market, anarchy, sociology
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by Brian Standing
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Three minutes of punk rock thrashing, guttural lyrics, and anti-cloning protest. Not to mention fire dancing, an American flag backdrop,and it all takes place at a fashion show. In an actual barn, no less. What more could you want?
Topics: punk rock, Discider, Madison, Wisconsin, barn, fire-dancing
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by Brian Standing, Prolefeed Studios
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At Minitrue, we’re all about minimizing risk. We all know you’re safest at home, so why go outside? Why talk to anyone? We’re the only ones you can trust. Here are a couple of dozen reasons to stay inside for the rest of your lives. From our kind and currently nonthreatening sponsor, who only has your, and yours alone, best interest at heart.
Topics: satire, Orwell, public service announcement, Minitrue, Prolefeed Studios, Orwell, PSA, agoraphobia
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by Brian Standing
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These are difficult times. You’re either with us or you’re against us. At Minitrue, we offer a helpful guide for keeping your nose… and your brain… nice, clean and out of any kind of trouble. Another message from our articulate and persuasive sponsor, who cares not only about free expression, but safe expression as well.
Topics: Minitrue, Orwell, satire, PSA, public service announcement
Community Video
by Shea Standing
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Godzilla is the most terrifying creature on the planet.  But what happens when Godzilla meets a giant robot Godzilla?  And what happens when they both meet an even more terrifying creature?   Written, directed, scored and animated by a four-year old wunderkind.  Look for a cameo by the director.
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Topics: Prolefeed Studios, Godzilla, fan fiction, Shea Standing
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by Brian Standing
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Nicole performed "Happy Taxday 2007" on April 17, 2007, the deadline for filing federal tax income returns. Watch as Nicole hands out receipts for the amount the average Madison taxpayer has paid for the Iraq War.
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, Nicole Gruter, documentary, Iraq War
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by Andy Beversdorf
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n 2005, the state of Wisconsin became the laughing stock of the nation as it debated a proposal to legalize the shooting of cats. ‘Here, Kitty, Kitty’ scratches beneath the media blitz to reveal a surprisingly nuanced tale involving ruthless cat-lovers, unapologetic cat-drowners, slandered scientists, death threats, and deposed politicians. Watch and find out who is left standing when all the hissing and clawing subsides.
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, Andy Beversdorf, Wisconsin, feral cats, documentary, ecology
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by Andy Beversdorf
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Additional scenes from the 2005 documentary "Here, Kitty Kitty" about Wisconsin's 2005 effort to legalize the shooting of feral cats.  These include: More from the 2005 Wisconsin Conservation Congress hearings Gun enthusiast Mark Hansen on the story of the spool and the history of the world through ballistics Anthropologist Jerry Merriman on the urban / rural divide Ornithologist Stan Temple on a tour of a restored prairie Activist Ted O'Donnell on growing up in Vermont...
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, Andy Beversdorf, Mark Hansen, Stan Temple, Wisconsin, ecology, feral cats,...
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by Brian Standing, Prolefeed Studios
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Make sure you watch this before getting your next hunting license. Penalties for violating the new regulations are severe indeed. Another message from our omniscient and omnipotent sponsor, who only has yours and the Earth’s best interests at heart.
Topics: hunting, fishing, satire, public service announcement, Orwell, Minitrue, Prolefeed Studios
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by Shea Standing
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Horror in the classic tradition. A man's life takes a turn for the worse after he encounters an apparition on the doorstep of his new home, he gets trapped in his own car, then discovers a human skull in the backseat.
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, horror
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by Brian Standing
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Puppetry has experienced a rennaissance in recent years as a tool of political protest.  Activists in Seattle, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Prague all owe an enormous debt to Vermont's Bread and Puppet Theater.  Founded by Silesian-born sculptor and choreographer Peter Schumann in 1969, Bread and Puppet uses exquisitely designed, larger-than life, neoprimitive puppets and common materials such as cardboard and paper mache to create profound images that powerfully blend the mythic and...
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, Bread and Puppet Theater, puppetry, Joan of Arc
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by Brian Standing
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This 38-minute documentary follows the adventures of S.C.A.B. (Skids Creating Apocalyptic Bicycles), a roving gang of bicyclist- artist- philosophers hell-bent on ridding the world of automobiles. Using trash nabbed from the Madison streets, S.C.A.B. recycles junked ten-speeds and kids’ scooters into nightmarish vehicles of urban terrorism. Between infiltrating events sponsored by tamer bicycle enthusiasts and wedging ill-fitting Huffies together with hacksaws and butterknives, S.C.A.B....
Topics: documentary, bicycles, DIY, Madison. Wisconsin, anarchism
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by Brian Standing
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Visit with the kids from "Skids Creating Apocalyptic Bicycles" five years after the release of the Prolefeed Studios documentary, "Pedalphiles."
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, Pedalphiles, Amanda Brower, Michael Spelman, Tyson Klipstein, Sam Butzer, Jeremy...
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by Brian Standing
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Ernesto Cardenal is a towering figure in Nicaraguan politics, literature, religion and art. One of the founders of liberation theology, Nicaraguan Minister of Culture under the Sandinista government, and Nobel Prize nominee in literature, Cardenal continues to live and work in Managua. In this 2006 footage, the 81-year old Roman Catholic priest, sculptor and revolutionary reads his classic poem "Psalm 5." "Psalm 5" rewrites the familiar song from the Old Testament into a...
Topics: poetry, psalms, Nicaragua, Cardenal, liberation theology
The VHS Vault
by Brian Standing
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Scoop Perlman's Guide to Art is an ongoing documentary series that explores the work of outsider and folk artists in Wisconsin and the Midwest. With a quirky interview style and offbeat sensibilities, Madison-area cartoonist, art critic and journalist Steve "Scoop" Perlman, converses with self-taught artists about their inspirations, fears, and passions. Scoop Perlman's Guide to Art is dedicated to art by, of and for the people. DVD edition includes slideshows of featured artists'...
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, Brian Standing, Steve Perlman, art, Wisconsin, documentary
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by Brian Standing
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See detailed slideshows of works from artists featured in the Prolefeed Studios documentary series, "Scoop Perlman's Guide to Art."  Artists include: Dr. Evermor; Nadine Mercil; Rom Em and Taggerboy; Phil Porter
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, Steve Perlman, Dr. Evermor, Nadine Mercil, Rob Em, Taggerboy, Phil Porter, art
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by Jim Taylor
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An impoverished camera crew ventures through the seamy underbelly of Presidential politics, seeking fringe candidates ignored by the mainstream media.  In the shadows of snowbound New Hampshire, they encounter freaks, misfits, the comically deluded, the impossibly inane, the possibly insane and the occasional genius -- all of whom think they should be President of the United States. Winner Best Documentary 1997 North Carolina Film Festival.
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, politics, documentary, U.S. President, New Hampshire
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by Brian Standing
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War is Sell dissects the strategies of war propagandists: soldiers armed not with guns, but with words, pictures and commercial advertising techniques in their battle to win hearts and minds. How do you sell a war? How do the techniques of government propagandists, public relations consultants and commercial advertisers work, and why are they so effective? How did the United States become a master of domestic war propaganda over the course of the twentieth century? If, as many claim, human...
Topics: documentary, war propaganda, World War I, Iraq War, John Stauber, Sheldon Rampton, Neil Whitehead,...
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Journalist Alexander Cockburn describes the lies told by the George W. Bush Administration in the lead-up to the Iraq War.  Recorded live in Madison, Wisconsin's Orpheum Theater in 2004.
Topics: Alexander Cockburn, Iraq War, propaganda, Iraq War, commentary
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by Brian Standing
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John Stauber describes the propaganda technique of embedding reporters in military units in the Iraq War. Originally released as a DVD extra for the feature film War is Sell .
Topics: documentary, Prolefeed Studios, war, propaganda, Iraq War, John Stauber
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by Brian Standing
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Rahul Mahajan discusses the history and tactical use of racist imagery and messages in war propaganda. Originally released as a DVD extra for the feature documentary film War is Sell,
Topics: Prolefeed Studios, propaganda, war, racism, documentary, Rahul Mahajan, Brian Standing
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War correspondent Robert Fisk describes reporting from Baghdad at the peak of the Iraq War.  Recorded live at Madison, Wisconsin's Orpheum Theater. 
Topics: Robert Fisk, Iraq War, journalism, Prolefeed Studios, Iraq War, journalism, war
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by Brian Standing
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Democracy Now 's Amy Goodman speaks to a crowd in Madison, Wisconsin in 2003 about how those who opposed U.S. intervention in Iraq made up a majority of the population on the eve of the Iraq invasion by U.S. forces. Originally released as a DVD extra on the feature film, War is Sell .
Topics: documentary, Amy Goodman, Prolefeed Studios, propaganda, war, media criticism, Iraq, George W. Bush